News New Ways to Try and Buy Microsoft Office 2010

The Microsoft Office Team has announced some changes in the way that it will make Microsoft Office available on machines that are pre-loaded with Office by an OEM. Two notable changes are;

  • You can unlock a pre-loaded version via a Product Key Card. There is no need to uninstall any trial and then reinstall it with the CD/DVD that came with the boxed version.
  • Microsoft Works will go away and will be replaced by the free Microsoft Office Starter 2010. It will only be available for shipment with new PCs and contain a reduced-functionality, advertising-supported version of Word and Excel.

Another change is in the way that you can try (and buy) Office 2010 on existing PCs via Click-to-Run.


News Exchange Server 2010 RTM

The Exchange team announced that Exchange Server 2010 has been released to manufacturing. So this means they are now working to general availability and the launch will be at Tech·Ed Europe in Berlin in early November.

News Additional Shutdown Changes for Outlook 2010 Beta

The Outlook team has announced some changes in the way that add-ins will be handled upon closing Outlook 2010. This is to ensure that when a you close Outlook, Outlook will also exit as fast as possible.

Several changes to this behavior had already been made with Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2 but they will take it a step further in Outlook 2010. Especially when your add-in does anything important in the OnBeginShutdown and OnDisconnection methods of the IDTExtensibility2 interface or the ThisAddin_Shutdown method for VSTO add-ins, it is advised to read their guide and apply the necessary changes.

If you are a developer of add-ins for Outlook, also note that in order to support the 64-bit version of Office 2010, you’ll have to recompile your add-in specifically as a 64-bit add-in; 32-bit add-ins will not work on the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010.

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News Hotmail access “Forbidden”

As of September 1st, the old way of making a connection to Hotmail (via a protocol called WebDAV) has been discontinued. This means that as of now, when you are trying to connect to Hotmail via the build-in HTTP method in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007, you’ll get the following error;

Task 'Hotmail: Folder:Inbox Synchronizing headers.' reported error
(0x800CCC33) : 'Access to the account was denied. Verify that your username
and password are correct.The server responded 'Forbidden'.

(the actual reported error code may be different for you)

The only supported way of connecting to your Live Hotmail or MSN account is via the Outlook Connector or POP3.

The Outlook Connector is the recommended method and can be downloaded from the links below;
Download: Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit
Download: Outlook Hotmail Connector 64-bit
Note: You will only need to install the 64-bit version when you are using the 64-bit version of Outlook 2010.

The Outlook Connector is supported for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. If you are running an earlier version of Outlook, you can still connect to your Hotmail account via POP3. The settings can be found here.

Keep in mind that POP3 is download only and it only supports downloading mail from your Inbox folder (sending mail remains possible as well of course).
If you need full mailbox or contact and calendar syncing support and updating to a later version of Outlook is not an option to you, you can still access your Live Hotmail mailbox via Windows Live Mail (free).
Using Outlook Express included in Windows XP or Windows Mail included in Windows Vista is not an option as they only support the WebDAV connection method to Hotmail servers.

Tip: If you don’t like the way that the Outlook Connector shows your entire email address as the name of the Hotmail folder list in your Navigation Pane, you can easily change that with the Live Hotmail Rename Tool (free).

News August updates for Outlook 2007

Several hotfixes have been released for Outlook 2007.

KB973404: Contains a big list of bug fixes including a fix for a printing bug that was reported via the newsgroups.
KB974489: Adds a new “Weekly Agenda Style” print style for the Outlook 2007 Calendar (File-> Page Setup).
KB973936: Fixes an issue where the calendar displays an incorrect date for Jewish Memorial Day.

Note that these hotfixes are not being offered via Microsoft Update. If you want to install any of the above hotfixes, you’ll have to request a download first (free). You can do this via the link at the beginning of the article. Updates that aren’t marked as “global” only apply to that specific language of Outlook; you cannot apply it if your language of Outlook isn’t listed.

News Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 released

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts. For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs. For an overview of the new features that are available in Exchange Server 2007 SP2, see "What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2".

Download: Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2
View: Release Notes for Exchange 2007 SP2

News Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate availability

Exchange Server 2010 RC is now available for download. If you feel like testing the latest release of Exchange, you can install it on your own Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine.

There is also a pre-configured VHD available which you can run on a Windows 2008 Hyper-V server. Currently this is still only the BETA version of Exchange but an RC version of this download is expected to become available as well.

Don’t forget to read more information about the new features in Exchange 2010 if you are interested.

Download: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate
Download: Exchange Server 2010 Beta VHD

News Renewed Add-ins section

You might have noticed it already; since this week HowTo-Outlook has a completely new Add-in section! Since its introduction, the add-in section basically hadn’t changed at all and the length and diversity of the list made it impractical to use.

Now, all the add-ins have been categorized and got background information. Aside from browsing the categories, you can search for add-ins now as well making it even easier to find the functionality you are looking for.

The main page of the add-in sections offers you quick links to popular add-ins and categories. In the featured section some interesting add-ins are highlighted from the large collection of add-ins in the database.

This was a huge undertaking which distracted from adding new content to the website over the past few weeks so I’ll apologize for that. New guides are still planned and already being worked on though, and the 3rd version of OutlookTools is being worked on hard as well. In the mean time, tips are still being added daily to the tip-blog though.

If you are encountering any issues with the new add-ins section, have any ideas about improvement, want to added to our add-in database, would like see a guide about a certain topic or anything else, feel free to contact me.

News Google Apps Sync Disables Outlook Search (Update)

Update: The issues with Windows Desktop Search and the Outlook Connector icw the Google Apps Sync plugin have been solved and a new version has been released. No news have been posted about the other issues regarding Acrobat PDF Maker Toolbar and Apple’s Outlook Change Notifier

The Outlook team is reporting on their blog that there are issues running the Google Apps Sync plugin with Microsoft Office Outlook.

The first one is that it disables Windows Desktop Search from indexing Outlook. The second issue is that it disables the Microsoft Outlook Connector.

To recover from the first issue, you can change the following registry key;

Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
Value name: PreventIndexingOutlook
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0

Uninstalling Google Apps Sync will also re-enable the indexing. If you are using Google Apps Sync version or lower, then you’ll have to first install the latest version of Google Apps Sync and then uninstall it again to recover (or use the registry fix).

The second issue is easier to overcome as the Outlook Connector will notify you of it with an error that some functionality will be disabled. By clicking “Yes” on the dialog when prompted, the Outlook Connector will reset the proper keys and will function correctly.

In addition to the issues reported by the Outlook team, Google also reports that Google Apps Sync disables the Acrobat PDF Maker Toolbar and Apple’s Outlook Change Notifier.

Microsoft and Google are working together on fixing the mentioned issues.

News New version of OutlookTools released

A new version of OutlookTools has been released. OutlookTools 2.2 has been released to comply with the changes in Office 2007 Service Pack 2. It is still compatible with previous versions of Outlook as well of course.

OutlookTools is a support and advanced settings tool for Microsoft Office Outlook created by HowTo-Outlook. It gives you easy access to Outlook settings and data folders and allows you to change settings that are normally only possible through the registry.

Main Program Features

  • Easy access to Outlook settings and data folders
  • Easy access to troubleshooting tools
  • Start Outlook with a startup switch
  • Clear the Most Recently Used lists
  • Make the New Mail Alert stay up for longer than 30 seconds
  • Unblock attachments

And note that OutlookTools is completely free!

Download: OutlookTools 2.2